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Plane sent to UK's designated counter-terrorism airport

by - Deputy Political Editor

Two Typhoon jets from RAF Coningsby have been scrambled to escort a passenger airliner.

The Pakistan International Airways jet has been diverted to Stansted airport which is the UK's designated counter terrorism airport.

Defence sources cannot yet say why the jets were scrambled to assist. The RAF carries out around a dozen such missions each year.

The passenger aircraft has now landed at Stansted.

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